What is Star anise extract (Shikimic acid)?

Star anise extract (Shikimic acid) is the primary source of the chemical compound shikimic acid, a direct precursor in the pharmaceutical synthesis of anti-influenza drug oseltamivir. Most autotrophic organisms produce shikimic acid, and while it can be obtained in commercial quantities elsewhere, star anise remains the usual industrial source. About 90% of the world’s star anise crop is used to extract shikimic acid, a chemical intermediate used in the synthesis of oseltamivir

What is Star Anise?

Illicium verum is a medium-sized native evergreen tree of northeast Vietnam and southwest China. A spice commonly called star anise, star anise seed, Chinese star anise, or that closely resembles anise in flavor is obtained from the star-shaped pericarp of Illicium velum’s fruit is harvested just before ripening. Star anise oil is a highly fragrant oil used in cooking, perfumery, soaps, toothpaste, mouthwashes, and skin creams.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Use

In traditional Chinese medicine, star anise is considered a warm and moving herb and is used to relieve cold stagnation in the middle jiao. Shikimic acid, more commonly known as its anionic form shikimate, is a cyclohexene, a cyclitol, and a cyclohexanecarboxylic acid. It is an important biochemical metabolite in plants and microorganisms. It is also the glycoside part of some hydrolyzable tannin.

Star anise extract (Shikimic acid) benefits

  • It acts as an anti-inflammatory analgesic.
  • It is the drug intermediates of anti-cancer and anti-virus.
  • Moreover, it is also the basic raw material for combating avian flu.
  • It can inhibit the concentrating of the blood platelets; inhibit arterial, venous thrombosis, and cerebral thrombosis.


Shikimic Acid98% HPLC10:1
AppearanceWhite to Off White PowderBrown Yellow Fine Powder
Heavy Metals≤10 ppm
Total Plate Count≤1000 cfu/g
Yeast and Mold≤100 cfu/g

Shelf Life

2 Years


Store in tightly sealed containers then place in cool and dry place, and away from moisture, light, oxygen.


  • Packed in paper-drums and two plastic-bags inside. N.W:25kgs .I.D.35×H51cm.
  • 1Kg/Bag, aluminum foil bag vacuum packing.
  • Sample, double sealed water plastic bags inside with the aluminum bag outside.

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